Does your dog watch television?
At first I thought it was just a hoax or a coincidence.
But most evenings, he’ll stroll into the family room and park himself on the recliner, sofa, or my lap and watch a little television with me…
Harley has always seemed desensitized to television #couldcareless…
WHAT DOES JAXSON SEE? –
Dogs definitely do not only see in black and white. When and where this myth got started, we have no idea. It is actually believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow, and various shades of grey. source: Blue Dog Bakery
- Human vision is “trichromatic”, so we see a full range of colors.
- Dogs have “dichromatic” vision – meaning they only have two primary colors.
Experts believe dogs can see television images like we do AND they can distinguish between people and animals on the screen.
The type of screen, however, makes quite a difference.
Older television sets show fewer frames per second compared to flat screens. If your dog watched Lassie on an antique model, it probably looked more like a fast motion silent film.
Humans have also gone so far as to stake a claim that some dog breeds watch more television than others.
Hounds for instance are driven by smell and aren’t as interested in visuals, but herding breeds, such as terriers, may be more stimulated by moving objects they see on the small screen.
Hearing a barking dog on the set often gets TV-watching dogs excited. While some dogs not only bark at animals on the screen, but also run behind the TV looking for them.
I’d like to believe that dogs are like people – “different” as is their personalities.
Jaxson is mesmerized by the boob-tube, Harley? Not at all.
When Harley sees or hears a dog on television, he acts as if the dog is “stuck” in there – is never coming out – so he doesn’t get excited. #smartypaws
When Gilad Neumann, created DogTV he did not want to turn your dog into a couch potato. But if you were going out for a few hours, he hoped you’d leave your television on and tuned to his cable channel, Dog TV, the first channel directly targeting canine viewers. Source: Bloomberg
DogTV, an HDTV cable channel designed for dogs, interests canines because HDTV has a much higher number of frames per second and is specially colored to accommodate dogs’ dichromatic vision, said Dodman, who is the channel’s chief scientists. Source: Bloomberg
DogTV has different modes –
- Relaxation – is designed to relax the dog, reduce stress levels and keep him calm through soothing music, sounds and visuals
- Stimulation – active camera movements, exciting animations and moving objects and animals with appropriate sounds and frequencies to help encourage dog’s playfulness, even when home alone
- Exposure – using the most advanced veterinary science, special sounds and visuals help comfort and habituate dogs by exposing them to different day-to-day stimuli (like a dog reacting to a ringing doorbell or a moving vacuum cleaner).
We do not subscribe to DogTV.
But during my research for this post, I played a few “free” episodes from YouTube on my monitor and Jax hopped up in the chair like he was at the Multiplex Theatre. #bigscreendoodleaddict …
Initially I thought music was the big draw to Jaxson’s television attraction because he loves “Empire” #lookoutcookie
But yet he likes to watch Anderson Cooper’s 360 on CNN. #gofigure
So, tell me – does your dog watch television?
TAKE THE TEST –
Play this video from DogTV on your computer and tell us if it captures your dogs attention.
*This post is not an endorsement for DogTV.
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